Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Added Sugars and High Blood Pressure

Added sugars are found in soft drinks, cakes, pies, chocolate, fruit drinks and numerous desserts, but what you may not know is that added sugars may increase the risk of high-blood pressure even more so than sodium according to a study reported by Medical News Today (MNT). A study done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) associated high added sugar consumption with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  Due to these reports and countless others, the World Health Organization is seeking to revise the recommended daily free sugar intake guidelines from 10% to 5% of our total Calories coming from added sugar. “Free” sugars refer to sugars added to foods by the manufacturers (glucose, fructose, sucrose), and sugars that are naturally in food such as fruit juices and concentrates, syrups and honey. Biochemist, Leah Fitzsimmons noted that cutting all sugar from a diet would be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle. Artificial sweeteners are also not recommended to combat sugars: MNT reported that these sweeteners might still drive diabetes and obesity. The bottom line is that sugars can and should be consumed daily in accordance with a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

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